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Online Identity Theft

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GamerGirl
I get really worried about somebody setting up various social media accounts with my name and picture on and doing really bad stuff, I mean what's to stop them? It could ruin my future career : (
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to JoDragon

Thanks Jo, no links to other sites pls! It can obviously be googled though for anyone wanting to look further.
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JoDragon
Everyone is right, there is no way of stopping people pretending to be you on social media but there are ways of proving which is the legitimate account if it ever came to point that it needed to be proved. My social media is all private so you can't see anything unless you're a friend. If a company came up to me and claimed they saw something I'd be like, well you can't see my profile so you're looking at the wrong one! Obviously have to prove that, but there are ways.

Also dictionary attacks is a method of brute forcing and they compare them to something called a rainbow table ;) Most big websites have things to stop this kind of attack such as so many login attempts. I'd link you to a really good video how password length is more important than complexity but not sure I can!
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SuperDad

In reply to *CybersmileHQ*

Thanks Cybersmile. It's hard to believe that this can happen though....so much digital evolution needed to catch up with technology!
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CybersmileHQ

In reply to SuperDad

This can happen SuperDad, but usually there are systems in place to combat this. On the larger social networking sites, you may have to prove your identity in some way but you should get your account back :)

Always be sure that you're contacting someone through a legitimate channel however - don't be sending your ID to just anyone!
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to dolphintiger12

Perfect Dolphintiger12! Great to see you've got the hang of creating strong passwords. Try and replace letters with numbers too, that will make it extra safe! I actually think that this subject should have its own topic as it's useful for everybody to share ideas.
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dolphintiger12
I had a idea while reading this! Look at things in a room that you remember well and use them for your password or your hobby and then a number and a fav animal!
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to kitty

Sounds like you need to read my advice about creating safe passwords Kitty!
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to Marti

That's great to hear Marti, changing your passwords frequently and not using family names, birth dates or anything too obvious will help you to stay safe online. I gave some really useful advice about how to set a strong password in my comment earlier in this topic.
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kitty
Thats happened to me because superdad many times
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Marti
Just be extra careful about what info you give out about yourself. I also always change my passwords regularly to keep safe.
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SuperDad
I've heard cases of people having their own profiles closed against their will because the tech company wont believe they are the real person! Scary!!
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to Suzanne

Good advice Suzanne and well done for alerting GamerGirl to the dangers of dictionary attacks on passwords. A good way to create new passwords is to think of a sentence and use the letters at the start of each word, adding capitals and numbers instead of letters - make sure it's a sentence which you remember though!
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Suzanne
There's not a lot you can go to stop online identity theft unfortunately, all you can do is take the necessary precautions such as making sure your passwords are written down or stored anywhere and also don't tell them to anyone. When choosing a password it's worth remembering that software can do 'dictionary attacks' which try's a number of 'words' until it gets the right one....you're better off with passwords that don't make sense to anybody other than you. If you do fall victim then contact Cybersmile straight away.